Behavioral Forensics Adv Crt

This advanced certificate program was developed to advance understanding of human behavior in forensic contexts and is intended to enhance employment options in criminal justice and mental health professions.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option 100% Online

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 15

Estimated Completion Time 1 year


The behavioral sciences relate to the criminal justice system in many ways—understanding responses to criminal victimization, preventing or reducing crime, examining how the criminal justice system interacts with people who have mental illnesses, and exploring how human perceptual processes may influence forensic evidence analysis. These are only a few of the topics addressed in Behavioral Forensics courses.

Our program provides students the opportunity to tailor their learning experience depending on area of interest and career goals. In this 15-credit, 100% online program, students can learn about behavioral science applications to the criminal justice system. Students will apply knowledge from their elective courses to a 3-credit internship that aligns with their career goals in mental health counseling, human services, law enforcement, corrections, probation, or law.

Driving change within our communities

Community-police relations cannot be undervalued. The need for professional, well-educated criminal justice personnel has never been greater.


Graduates of our program can expect to improve their chances of employment and advancement in mental health professions in forensics and correctional settings. Law enforcement and correctional professionals will be prepared for professional advancement, especially to supervisory positions.

Career Opportunities

Enhance your career in the following fields:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Human services
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Law

The material throughout this course has completely changed the way I think about human behavior and the criminal justice system. My eyes have been opened to so many important concepts, ideas, things I just had no idea about.

Program Resources

Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.


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Admission Requirements

Official transcript

Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.

Statement of purpose

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.

Application fee

Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.

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